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[THREE-PACK COMBO] 2011 Belle Glos (Caymus) "Dairyman Vineyard" + 2011 "Las Alturas Vineyard" + 2012 "Clark & Telephone Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2011 (Russian River Valley & Santa Lucia Highlands & Santa Barbara, California)
[THREE-PACK COMBO] 2011 Belle Glos (Caymus) "Dairyman Vineyard" + 2011 "Las Alturas Vineyard" + 2012 "Clark & Telephone Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2011 (Russian River Valley & Santa Lucia Highlands & Santa Barbara, California)


 


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Winery: Belle Glos
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Russian River Valley & Santa Lucia Highlands & Santa Barbara, California
Vintage: 2011 + 2012
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: BELLEGLOSTHREEPACK-COMBO-W

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Belle Glos (Caymus) "Dairyman Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2011

Notes From the Winemaker:


The Vineyard: I have been working with this vineyard since 2003 and have always been impressed by the quality of Pinot Noir this site produces, so much so that I took the fortunate opportunity to purchase the property in early 2013. The vineyard sits in the southern alluvial plains of Russian River Valley nearby the ocean, which results in cooling fog coming through the Petaluma Gap both in the morning and evening, along with afternoon breezes, helping to soften the effects of the warm sun. Once an old dairy farm and pastureland, this site has since realized its true potential as a prime, virgin Pinot Noir vineyard planted in 2000 to a mix of Dijon clones 116, 667 and 777, all grafted on low vigor rootstock, 101-14. Each vine was trained up on a vertical shoot position (VSP) trellis system, while limiting the growth with wide position spur pruning and regulating the leaf panel to less than 40 inches. The combination of low vigor rootstock and alluvial soil, stress control of the vines, and the cool coastal climate, create a long growing season with small, concentrated, flavorful berries.

2011 Growing Season: It was a vintage considered by most California grape growers as a trying year; unseasonably cool through spring and summer with winter rains making an early appearance mid-fall. Across the California coastal regions yields were down considerably due to poor set at bloom, however if there is one variety that benefited from a quality standpoint, it was Pinot Noir. Achieving ripeness earlier than most grape varieties, the exceptionally cool conditions meant that hang-time was extended longer than usual, allowing the physiological ripeness to far exceed sugar accumulation. Translation: rich, developed fruit flavors and nice balanced acidity, without over-the-top alcohol.

The Cellar: We harvested early morning to bring the fruit into the winery while the grapes were still cool so we could de-stem but not crush the berries. Each tank then underwent a cold-soak to soften the skins, allowing for adequate extraction during fermentation, which in some cases was up to two weeks. Then in preparation for inoculation, we lightly warmed the must to our desired temperature and inoculated with a complementary yeast strain. A mix of punch-down and pump-over techniques was used to achieve our desired extraction level throughout the fermentation process. We only barreled the free-run, discarding the press, in 100% French oak (60% new, 40% seasoned) for nine months. We typically rack the wine twice during the aging process prior to blending and bottling.

Tasting Notes: The color is quite striking, with the brilliant red ruby hue hinting at the luscious fruit to come. The aromas are abundant with bright cherry, cranberry and brown spice, reminiscent of warm cinnamon toast topped with plum jam. On the palate, the bright cherry opens the show, then evolves into a lush, sweetly spiced plum pudding, coating the mouth with a velvety richness. The acidity is as vibrant as the color, lifting the medley of fruit to lavish heights and augmenting the spicy tones. The wine then develops an intense mineral note, adding yet another dimension, lending way to silky tannins and a lengthy finish that will leave you wanting more.


Belle Glos (Caymus) "Clark & Telephone Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2012

Notes From the Winemaker:


Clark & Telephone Vineyard, located near the corner of Clark Avenue and Telephone Road in the Santa Maria Valley, is cooled by wind and fog that snakes in from the Pacific Ocean along a channel of the Santa Maria River.

Established in 1972, the Clark & Telephone Vineyard was planted “own root” to the Martini clone. This heirloom clone of Pinot Noir, one of the first to grace the California coastlands, has become something of a lost treasure.

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2010 vintage)
"Very dense and superconcentrated, this offers an impressive mix of dense blackberry, raspberry and huckleberry, holding its focus and maintaining its supple texture. Drink now through 2023." —J.L. (July 11, 2012)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2009 vintage):

"A rich, extracted style that’s dense but also very complex and detailed, with spicy berry flavors that fan out nicely while retaining their focus and detail, gaining depth on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2019. From California.—J.L."—J.L. (6/29/2011)


Belle Glos (Caymus) "Las Alturas Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2011

Notes From the Winemaker:


Located in one of the highest-plantable sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, this pristine bench offers the Las Alturas Vineyard cool, coastal days with consistent sunshine and a foundation of Gloria sandy loam soil.
 
When planting this 15-acre vineyard, we matched various Pinot Noir clones to individual slopes and soil attributes of the land. Our yields are deliberately kept low in order to preserve the fruit intensity these clonal choices have given us.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2010 vintage)
"Deliciously pure, rich and layered, with complex currant, blueberry and wild berry fruit that’s supple, deep and persistent, ending with ripe tannins. Drink now through 2023." —J.L. (July 11, 2012)

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2009 vintage):

"Bold, rich and layered, with dense dark berry fruit that shows touches of spice, wild berry and blackberry and attractive floral scents. Full-bodied, this expands on the finish, where the flavors fan out. Best from 2012 through 2020."—J.L. (6/29/2011)

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